AMC released the promotional poster for the second half of “The Walking Dead” season on Thursday. The show will return on Sunday, Feb. 9.
The artwork shows Rick and Carl wandering down a set of railroad tracks, presumably still without a home following the midseason finale in which the decreasingly safe prison environs finally caved – with a little help from the now-deceased Governor.
“The prison has fallen, there won't be any more stories there, and now our characters are out on their own,” said graphic novel creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last month. “They’ve lost the prison, they’ve lost where they live and where they were building their lives, and they’re also separated and have lost each other. They’re out in the unknown trying to survive. We’re going to be going into some very interesting places with all of these characters and seeing new sides to all of them as they figure out how to survive.”
In the graphic novels, Abraham is a former Army sergeant and Eugene is a high school science teacher. The two characters, along with Rosita, have crossed paths with Rick’s group on Hershel’s groups before en route to Washington, D.C.
A new character, Gareth, who is not in the comics will debut during the second half of Season 4. Gareth is a remix of an unspecified character from the comics.
Showrunner Scott Gimple says the introduction of the current comic book villain, Negan, will not happen until Season 5.
Curiously, “The Walking Dead” storyline finds itself in the same situation as it did following the Season 2 finale that scattered Rick’s and Hershel’s groups like cockroaches after the light turns on.
That scattering took place on Hershel’s farm, while the more recent one took place after The Governor and his cronies laid waste to the prison. Same situation, different location.
Talk about rebooting.
Most of the main characters are now separated and we have no clue where they are or who made it out of the prison safely and who didn’t.
Judging by the bloodied and empty baby car seat, even baby Judith has met her demise.
Don’t count on it. That assumption is too obvious and, as we all know, “The Walking Dead” isn’t about the obvious. Look for the little girl to show up in somebody’s care. Probably Michonne’s.
“The Walking Dead” will return on Feb. 9, on AMC at 7 p.m. in Provo.